Visions From a Foxhole

Book Review



Visions From a Foxhole


William A. Foley,  Jr.


Presidio Press, New  York, NY



Reviewed By:

Frank Fogg

Review Date:

July, 2003


In the closing months of World War Two, a fresh army recruit was assigned to Patton's XX Corps as a rifleman. Almost 60 years later, he put his experiences into writing to share with all. Visions From a Foxhole is his story.

Visions From a FoxholeWilliam  Foley, Jr. came from a family that boasted a father in the infantry during the  First World War. Looking to carry on the tradition, he was assigned to the front lines in early 1945. His romantic notions were quickly dashed as he soon discovered the brutal realities of war. Within days, he began to sketch combat scenes at the front to relieve the stress he suffered. He made friends, but one by one  they became casualties of the conflict, leaving him to assume the role of squad  leader on dangerous scouting missions behind German lines.

While barely eighteen at the time, he was forced to bear constant hardships, including several nagging injuries from combat. Along with the other soldiers, he felt non-stop cold and dampness from the harsh weather, intermittent hearing loss from artillery and mortar bombardment, and a variety of physical sicknesses brought on by a lack of sanitary food and drinking water. Nevertheless, he fought  on through the end, enduring the loss of his closest friend only weeks before the end of the conflict.

Visions From a Foxhole is a well-written and deeply personal account of one  man's war experience. Foley also includes in the center of the book a sampling of his combat artwork that is truly stunning. This work highlights the experiences of the common soldier at the front in Europe late in the war and pulls few punches  in delivering a story with substantial impact.

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